Over the past couple of years, various low-end big box stores have sold Christmas cookies that come packaged in litho tin containers decorated like homes and businesses. They are practically the idel size for an O gauge tinplate holiday layout. Has anyone spotted those containers this year?
I checked the local Big Lots store a day or so ago when I was in looking for some Christmas decorating items, but didn't see these tins. Also didn't see them at Target. Haven't had a chance to check the local Wal-Mart, which is where I believe I found them last year.
Well, just checked my local Wally World and they were not there. However, they didn't have them when everyone else was getting them there. it's becoming the holiday quest to find them! Hopefully they will pop up somewhere. I do have the set from Big Lots, they will be on the holiday layout this year.
I didn't have a chance to get over to Wally World today, but may check there tomorrow, if I have some time left over after I get through hanging lights on a couple of my outdoor trees, and assuming I can do so without breaking my neck.
Hello to all; It seems that the cookie/candy tins are somewhat easy to find stateside but up here in Ontario,Canada its impossible. Has anyone seen them up here in your travels? Your help would be appreciated. I was able to purchase some from Steve last year and they really look terrific. Thanks, waynew (aka walter wayne)
As an extension to this thread, I have an article from a Hornby collectors magazine from the 1980s on how to create rolling stock from biscuit tins. I found some in Dollar General and Jo-Ann's - it used to be Jo-Ann Fabrics - now more of a hobby chain - that would be perfect 4 wheel wagons.
I was at Walgreens last night and they had a house with Hershey kisses and another with Reeses peanut butter cups. They were $6 each I think, but they are filled with something we'd actually eat instead of those awful cookies (like the ones from Big Lots).
I'm still interested in learning if anyone has spotted the embossed lithographed tin cookie containers that were available the past couple of years at a couple of big-box stores.
I know there are other types of cookie tins and ceramic buildings available, but I would like to stick with this same series if they are still being made. They really are quite attractive and certainly very affordable. I just throw the cookies away since they aren't all that good, but the tins themselves would be well worth the money even if they didn't have anything in them.
I've been keeping an eye out for tins myself, if for no other reason than to busy myself while my wife is elsewhere in the store doing her best to jump start the economy. I haven't seen much so far this season, but if I did, I'd most likely just admire them rather than purchase them. I've assembled enough tin buildings for a nice Marx layout under the tree and I'm genuinely concerned about having my home featured in that hoarder reality show in the future. Time to start enjoying what I have!
CVS and so far Kroger here in Michigan have 2 tin plate houses in stock in the candy section. Aone is filled with Reeses Peanut butter cups and the other with Hersey's Kisses. Fit nicely with the previuos years offereings except the are not embossed and areb thinner. You cabn see pictures of them on the Marx Train Group site. Got my two and really like them. CVS is 8.99 ea. Kroger is on sale this week for 6.99 reg- 7.99.
I have a train of thought and it runs on 3 rails. (Now days, it gets frequently derailed.)
Hershey's also sells a Hershey's Candy Store Tin via their store. It is 5" L x 2" W x 8¼" H so is narrower than the tins in years past and sounds as though it is the same dimensions the Reese's and Kisses tins mentioned here. Here is a link to the Hershey's Candy Store.
i tried the cvs and walgreens in our area. no tin. i did see and buy at walgreens, a cardboard house full of christmas cards. it had the same flavor and style as the tins i got last year and it was <5. unfortunately, they only had 1 design.
Thanks for posting this, I have been looking around the Pittsburgh area and have found none, I will definitely check out Target now. Wanted to start adding them to my Tin and use them as part of the Christmas layout.
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I got the "kisses" and "reeses" tins this year. I put them on the layout today. It's a rather long video, but you can skip to my "North Pole" and see last years tins with this years tins. Tins are definately going to remain a permanent part of my Christmas Wish List.
Thanks John! I love those old Marx cars. I have the Peanuts characters too. Unfortunately, my new beep can hardly pull the few cars that I have behind it now. I'm not sure what to do with Charlie Brown!
I have had no luck finding new tins this holiday season. I did see several of last year's tins, at a gift shop near here, selling for $10.95 each--empty. I paid $5 for a set of all four tins last year at Big Lots, and they had cookies in them (which I discarded).
One advantage, of course, is you get a different view on the front and back of each building. So, if you bought two complete sets, as I did last year, you actually can make a lineup of eight different-looking buildings.